COSMIC BLOB PICTURES: Galactic "Coming of Age" Revealed

COSMIC BLOB PICTURES: Galactic
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Combined infrared and visible-light images taken by three telescopes show the actual glowing blobs of gas (above, yellow) in the deep universe amid a field of galaxies (white) engulfed in hot gases (red).

Until now, getting at the source of the blobs' heat had been a challenge, since visible light from anything inside the blobs is obscured by dense gases and dust, the study authors noted in June 2009. Chandra's "x-ray vision," however, was able to pierce through the haze.
—Optical images courtesy (NASA/ESA/STScI/IoA/S.Chapman et al.); Lyman-alpha optical images courtesy (NAOJ/Subaru/Tohoku Univ./T.Hayashino et al.); infrared images courtesy(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Durham Univ./J.Geach et al.);
 
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